Is Joel Callahan the father of Joseph? or is henry?

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Two men are proposed as father: Joel ( Callahan 1067) or Henry ( Callahan 647).   There is no clear and convincing evidence for either one. Joel was born abt 1754 in VA; went to Watauga NC/TN before 1776. After the war, he came to SC.  He was in Pendleton, Greenville and Spartanburg.  He was in Greenville at the time when Joseph must have married a daughter of John Chandler-  1805/1806.   Joseph came to North Carolina after 1806.

Joel has two proved children; neither are Joseph.  Joel is suppsed to be a son of David Callahan.

Henry:  the child list does not appear to have room for Joseph, b abt 1781. How would Joseph fit into Henry's family?
WikiTree profile: Joseph Callahan
in Genealogy Help by Howard Waldrop G2G6 (6.1k points)

1 Answer

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First, I found some more info on Joseph Callahan and his wife Nancy They had a daughter Linda who married Jeremiah Sparks in Mitchell, North Carolina, son of Sam and Polly Sparks.  

Jos. Calahan

mentioned in the record of Jeremiah Sparks and Linda Calahan

Name Jos. Calahan
Gender Male
Wife Nancy Calahan
Daughter Linda Calahan

Other information in the record of Jeremiah Sparks and Linda Calahan

from North Carolina Marriages

Name Jeremiah Sparks
Spouse's Name Linda Calahan
Event Date 14 Jun 1869
Event Place Mitchell, North Carolina
Father's Name Sam Sparks
Mother's Name Polly Sparks
Spouse's Father's Name Jos. Calahan
Spouse's Mother's Name Nancy Calahan

"North Carolina Marriages, 1759-1979," database, FamilySearch( : accessed 25 November 2015), Jos. Calahan in entry for Jeremiah Sparks and Linda Calahan, 14 Jun 1869; citing Mitchell, North Carolina, reference Vol 1 1870-1889; FHL microfilm 847,701.


Secondly, I find no connection between Joel and North Carolina except his military service.  Joseph was born in North Carolina..  The two other siblings of Joseph do not support Joseph's  lineage as being one their own.  John Callahan was born in South Carolina and Catherine was born in South Carolina.  And you have not shown any relationship between them and your Joel or to Joseph.  Henry Callahan's wife was married in North Carolina.  I understand that the Carolinas were all one in the time before the revolution but you have shown no evidence that ties Joseph to Joel.  The fact that we could say the same for Henry does not help Joel's case.  Henry shows a good case that he always lived in North Carolina.  I have reviewed this case using mostly the evidence you presented and added little to the evidence you already know.  My conclusion is that there is no case proving either man as his father.  Hope this helps you.  Wishing you good luck.  David T. Robertson Robertson-7481.  



by David T Robertson G2G6 (7.8k points)
I agree.

Thanks for your good answer.

I see no reason to prefer either one.  my wife and I starting to do research on this matter; checking out both Henry and Joel. That will take some time.
Thank you for doing this

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